Autistic Confessions – I’m an Information Addict

Hi, my name is Anna and I am addicted to information.

I’ve been reading since I was two years old. It started with children’s books but I quickly moved up to encyclopedias and dictionaries.

I had and still have Hyperlexia, a condition that is frustrating beyond all of the words that won’t come out of my mouth.

I can read and type my thoughts just fine but often appear “dingy” and confused in face to face conversations.

I absorb and understand just about everything that I read. If I am not reading I am writing about things I’ve read or obsessing over the facts that I’ve collected in my brain.

Endless information, building up my catalog – hording facts. I read science magazines, websites, books, and articles. I listen to Audible, watch documentaries and YouTube videos.

Sometimes I read so much that I run out of books or videos on a particular topic.

I can’t stop. I am addicted to information.

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26 thoughts on “Autistic Confessions – I’m an Information Addict”

  1. Me too. I’ve made a career out of my ability to research a topic in depth very fast (although the job isn’t not without other stresses/issues and sometimes I can’t perform this trick on demand/as required).

    In recent years I realised this had got in the way of just reading for pleasure so I’ve allowed myself more time for that and it feels good 🙂

    A question – how much of the information do you retain or how much is it just for the pleasure of the activity itself? I used to retain everything but these days a lot just bounces off.

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    1. I feel like I might retain all of it but it’s not easy for me to recall the information. It’s like it’s in there but I can’t quite reach it. It’s frustrating I think I get overloaded because I take in too much information so maybe some falls off. I’m not really sure.

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      1. The fun part is where you drag out some random fact or figure years later in discussion and people are like ‘who knows that stuff?’ Yet I can’t remember some people’s names or details of subjects I actually studied. Memory is mysterious!

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  2. I am the same way. In fact, I posted on that very thing seconds before I read your post. I have been reading about Autism and found that we are very much alike on several levels. I am not saying that I have Autism. However, I share many of the character traits of some one who is Autistic. That may be the reason you bring out the father intellect in me.

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  3. Aspects of this sound so similar to me, especially as a child. I entered preschool having taught myself the pledge of allegiance, the alphabet, and quite a few numbers. By 7, I had jumped to the World Book Encyclopedias and my personal favorite, a book called the Childhood Medical Guide. My dad and I killed at Jeopardy, since both of us had a thing for information. I still pull out random facts today, and my nickname amongst my friends has become Google because I either know the answer to something, or I find it online in under a minute.
    I say all of that to say that you certainly have company. 🙂

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  4. Yes, this is so me. I love learning new stuff and seem to live just to acquire new knowledge. I also have bad recall, I know the information is in there somewhere but trying to get it out is so hard, yet I can come out with random facts at weird times.

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  5. Oh my goodness, I think I might also be a candidate for hyperlexia! I have SUCH a difficult time expressing what’s in my head, but I can type or write it perfectly. This has made work a HUGE challenge, but helped me do well in school. For a long time I wanted to be a secondary teacher but had to give it up largely because of this condition. Thank you for sharing this!!

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  6. Thanks Anna for posting, I can totally relate. I started reading and writing at the age of 3. My favourite books as a child were ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and anything by Charles Dickens. Funny thing is that now I can’t stand either of those. I was a book worm/info hoarder until I was 10 until my Nanna died. She was a book worm too (and may have even been an Aspie) and I stopped reading because I had no one to share my info with . Then at the age of 15 I picked up ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and have not stopped reading since. I’m always hungry for more info.

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  7. I can completely relate to your post. I started reading at two years old. I’ve always been a bookworm. As for being an information junkie, Twitter feeds that addiction just fine. I’ve created lists to keep up with all the interests.

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